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The Kirov's Balanchine at City Center
The end of a three-week, thousands-of-miles-from-home season is never the right time to assess a dance company.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2009


Opera superstar 101

At 67, Plácido Dominingo makes his Boston concert Debut
Domingo put his arm around Martínez and whirled her around the stage, asking the audience to sing in their stead.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 17, 2008


The First Saturday in May

Majesty and manure
Shot in the winter and spring of 2006, this down-to-earth documentary from John and Brad Hennegan follows half a dozen Kentucky Derby hopefuls.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 2008


Whither Wilder?

Valerie goes Down Under
This past week, the Australian Ballet announced that it has hired Wilder to be its new executive director.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 2008


Big in every way

‘El Greco to Velázquez’ at the MFA
Men in inky darkness. Men without women (save for the Blessed Virgin). Men in splendor, men in ecstasy, men without smiles. Men as saints but not as sinners.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2008



The Russian National Ballet’s Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty  that I saw Sunday afternoon was better than that Swan Lake , but at a top price of $85 in a town with one of America’s best ballet companies, these visits remain a dodgy proposition.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2008


Fools rush in

WGBH remakes A Room with a View
If you think Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, and Judi Dench are all hopelessly overrated, then WGBH/ITV has your TV movie.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2008


Brave new world

Germaine Greer’s Shakespeares
Regardless of what’s in her name, biographies of Ms. Hathaway are scarcer than hens’ teeth, and no wonder: we know even less about her than we do about her husband.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2008


Pas de divorce

Opera House captures Boston Ballet’s heart
It’s been a roller-coaster six weeks at Boston Ballet.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2008


Alloy Orchestra

The Alloy does the Underworld at the Somerville
If it weren’t for Alloy Orchestra, it’s doubtful Boston would ever get to see silents like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg’s Underworld.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 17, 2008


Quo vadis?

Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
“Next Generation” is the kind of ballet-program title that might have you asking yourself what happened to “This Generation."
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 10, 2008


A not-so-merry Widow

Teatro Lirico II at Cutler Majestic Theatre, March 1, 2008
It’s never a good sign when a company can’t get the name of the work it’s performing right.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 04, 2008


Jill Aigrot

Words of Love | LML Music
There’s no CD booklet, and in her acknowledgments, Aigrot thanks Olivier Gahan . Tant pis .
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 04, 2008


Russians on the run

Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at Sanders Theatre, February 24, 2008
Zander balanced the pathos and the passion here the way you have to balance the rose and the distaff/thorn in The Sleeping Beauty , and that was no small thing.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2008


At long last love?

Boston Ballet hitches up with John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet
Boston Ballet has been playing the Romeo and Juliet dating game for almost 25 years now.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 20, 2008


Mastering the motion

‘Masters of Motion’ in Providence
“Masters of Motion” is the kind of catch-all title for a dance bill that encompasses everything and puts you in mind of nothing.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2008


Luverly enough

My Fair Lady  at the Opera House  
This new production is a little callow and a little obvious, and, especially in Matthew Bourne’s choreography, it seems to want a bigger stage than the Opera House affords.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 11, 2008


Pass the Hollandaise

Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw at Symphony Hall, February 1, 2008
The first LP I ever bought, way back in 1963, offered Chopin’s E-minor piano concerto performed by obscure artists.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2009


Wings of desire

Samuel Bak’s ‘Remembering Angels’
Half a millennium after her birth, in the wake of world wars and genocides, she’s become timeless.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2008


No trouble with Harry

Handel and Haydn's 'Fireworks' at Symphony Hall, January 25, 2008
Even the concluding Réjouissance movement stomped, a four-on-the-floor Irish reel.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 29, 2008


Masterpieces and mysteries

‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

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